Preston teenager charged over death of army veteran

A teenager has been charged with the manslaughter of an army veteran who was assaulted outside his home.

Frank Fishwick, 86, was found with a facial injury after police were called to The Paddock in Preston, Lancashire, on Friday afternoon.

The man, who served with the Royal Engineers, was taken to hospital but died on Saturday morning.

Fishwick had earlier gone outside to speak to a group of youths who were congregating in a stairway near his home and was then punched in the face, said Lancashire police.

A postmortem found the cause of death to be bleeding as a result of fractures to the nose.

Mohammed Al Aaraj, 19, of Preston, has been charged with manslaughter and will appear before the city’s magistrates on Tuesday.

DCI Mark Haworth-Oates said: “First and foremost our thoughts remain with Mr Fishwick’s family, who continue to be looked after by specialist officers.

“Our inquiries are very much ongoing and we have now charged a man in relation to this incident. However, we are continuing to ask witnesses to come forward.

“If you saw the incident or have any information about who was involved and what happened, please let us know. Similarly, if you have any dashcam, CCTV or mobile phone footage showing what happened, please tell us.”

Anybody with information should contact 101, quoting log 879 of 10 September.

Relatives of Fishwick, who later worked at Leyland Motors, described him as “an adored father and grandfather who will be sadly missed by family and friends”.

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